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George (1George, 0Research) Tankersley, Sr. of Caroline County, Virginia
Research Note: The George Tankersley who married Dorothy Roy was reportedly born in 1726 in King George Co VA. George's date of birth may be incorrect; as he would have been forty-years-old at the time of his marriage, over sixty at the birth of his last child and eighty at the time of his death.
George Tankersley, Sr. [#2] was born in 1726 in Prince George Co VA. And, George grew up in a wealthy household; as his parents were the recipients of the bulk of Grandfather Henry Long's estate in King George county.
George Tankersley [#1], father of George, Sr., was the first Tankersley to operate the ferry to Dogue Creek on the Prince George side of the river. In 1767 at Port Royal, Caroline Co VA, George, Sr. [#2] married Dorothy Roy b. 1743 in Caroline Co VA.
Research Note: The Roys are important because the original function of the ferry at Taliaferro's Mound was to service the Roy's tobacco warehouse. From Colonial Caroline (p. 175), we learn that the Roy family actually owned the tobacco warehouse, wharf and ferry across the Rappahannock. Their ownership and control of these utilities was described as "the Roy family's stranglehold on public services and utilities in the vicinity of Port Royal."
George Tankersley, Sr. [#2] is important to this research; as he was the father-in-law of John Lewis of Caroline Co VA. He operated the ferry over the Rappahannock River at "the Mount" near the Lewis plantation, succeeding his father, George Tankersley [#1], who succeeded William Taliaferro. William Taliaferro had been a magistrate of Caroline in 1735. George Tankersley [#1] was a vestryman (1723-57) of Hanover Parish, King George, and a tobacco inspector at John Moore's tobacco warehouse opposite Port Royal on the Prince George side of the river.
A reported record from Caroline Co VA states that the "estate of George Tankersley [#2] went to Kentucky in 1806." Based on this report, George's date of death can be set at 1806. By 1810, widow Dorothy Tankersley is found in Washington Co VA along with some of her children. Dorothy is next found at her family home in Washington Co VA in 1820 where son George, Jr. [#3] is listed as head of household. Dorothy died in 1833 in Washington Co VA.
Born 1726 King George Co VA
12/1732 King George Co VA Probate
|KING GEORGE COUNTY VIRGINIA WILL BOOK A-1 (1721-1752) pp. 98-98:
WILL OF HENRY LONG, SENIOR
Item: I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter Mary Tankersley and her husband George Tankersley all my land to them and the heirs of her body forever.
- I do make ordain and appoint George Tankersley and Mary his now wife my whole and sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament and do give all the rest of my Estate Negroes, Goods, Chattells and all other comodities that shall be termed or called my estate
- and I do order and desire that none of my estate should be appraised.
- In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this twenty third day of December One thousand Seven hundred and thirty two.
His******Henry [H] Long *Seal* Mark ******
Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of us Samuel Wharton, Robt Johnson, Rich. Tankersley.
Married 1767 in Caroline Co VA to Dorothy Roy b. c. 1747 Caroline Co VA
5/5/1768 King George Co VA Indenture
|King George County, Virginia Deed Book 5, p. 732:
This indenture witnesseth that Hayward Todd son of Hayward Todd deceased of parish of Overwahrton and county Stafford doth of his own free will and approbation of his guardian William Rowley Gent bind himself an apprentice to Reuben Berry Joiner of Parish of Hanover in County in King George. during term of eight years or till he arrive to age twenty one years...at expiration of term to pay said Hayward the legal freed dues.
Presence George Tankersley, William Rowley, Benjamin Berry, Reuben Berry
At a court held 5th May 1768...Hayward Todd is bound an apprentice ..... admitted to record.
1772 Halifax (now King George) Co VA Land Record
|Halifax Co VA Land Patents (40), p. 647:
Jun 20, 1772, George Tankersley and Dorothy his wife, 400 acres on both sides of Roys Creek.
Halifax Co VA Land Patents (40), p. 648:
5/5/1773 King George Co VA Probate
|King George Co VA Will Book 2, p. 27:
Last Will and Testament of Mary Tankersley
I Mary [Long] Tankersley of the Parish of Hanover in the County of King George Widow. . .do make this my last will and Testament in manner following. . .I give to my son Reubin. . .to my son George. . .to my son John. . .to my daughter Dorcas. . .to my Grand daughter Sarah, the child of my daughter Dorcas. . .to my daughter Sarah McWilliams. . .my Grand daughter Mary McWilliams. . . ..
I give to my daughter Mary Murdock. . .to my Grand daughter Sarah Murdock. . .to my Grand daughter Jane Murdock. . . .
In testimony whereof I have hereunto put my hand & seale the first day of May 1773. Item I appoint my Sons George and John Executors of this my will.
Signed, Sealed Published and declared in Presence of Mary Tankersley; ALEXANDER ROSE, Charles Burton
1776-1783 Revolutionary War Service:
REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS FROM CAROLINE COUNTY: George Tankersley
1790 Caroline Co Tax List: Not found
1800 Caroline Co Tax List: George Tankersley Sr. & Jr.
Died 1806 Caroline Co VA
1810 Caroline Co VA Census: [Estate of ] George Tankersley +45
1810 Washington Co VA Census
1820 Washington Co VA Census
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Dorothy died 1833 Washington Co VA
1. Ann Fox Tankersley
Born 12/30/1770 Caroline Co VA
Died 1801 Caroline Co VA
2. Lucy Tankersley
Born 8/9/1773 Caroline Co VA
Died 2/11/1822 in Virginia
3. Elizabeth F. Tankersley
Born 11/19/1775 Caroline Co VA
Died 7/25/1831 Lancaster Co VA
4. John Roy Tankersley
Born 5/8/1777 Caroline Co VA
1806 Washington Co VA Tax List: John Tankersley, Sr.
5. George Tankersley, Jr.
Born 2/3/1779 Caroline Co VA
1800 Caroline Co Tax List: George Tankersley Sr. & Jr.
Died 8/16/1824 Washington Co VA
6. Mary Jane Tankersley
Born 3/19/1781 Caroline Co VA
Married c. 1800 in Caroline Co VA to Mr. Morton b. c. 1775
Died 7/8/1824 in Virginia
7. Caroline Matilda Tankersley
Born 1/4/1784 Caroline Co VA
Married 10/2/1805 Caroline Co VA to John Lewis b. c. 1775 in Virginia
Died 7/8/1811 Caroline Co VA
8. William Tankersley
Born 12/9/1787 Caroline Co VA
Died 3/15/1867 in Texas
9. Dorothy Tankersley